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BA (Hons) Sociology

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Each year, there are many students who complete the BA (Hons) Sociology course who go on to study a variety of postgraduate courses.

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • Social Worker
  • MP
  • Policy Adviser
  • Community Organiser
  • Researcher
  • Data Analyst
  • Housing Association Officer
  • Teacher

Who is it for?

If you are someone who is deeply curious about the world around you, and perhaps wants to explore ways to solve the important problems faced by society, then you might already be a sociologist.

Sociology asks the big questions, for example those about racism, sexism, social class, culture, health, politics and the media. It objectively examines how societies change and what prompts these shifts. It also looks into various aspects of our lives: our work, our education, our relationships, our identities, in addition to the media we consume and the things we buy. Sociology is a particularly valuable subject for individuals who care about others as it provides a deep understanding of social dynamics, inequalities, and cultural influences, fostering empathy and enabling informed, compassionate responses to diverse needs.

Sociologists are also increasingly interested in the internet and the role it has in our lives: why are we addicted to our mobile phones, why do we post things on social media and what does the future hold when we have all this knowledge in our pockets? Ultimately, we want to identify solutions to the problems faced by society and then work towards changing the world for the better. Sociology is critical, engaging, interesting and, more often than not, fun.

You will be introduced to the core concepts that shape the discipline and the key tools with which to undertake social analysis and research. You will ponder all these big sociological questions while developing as a social scientist who is capable of formulating research questions and investigating them on your own. This research will help you gain an insight into the city and the wider region – the problems and challenges it faces and the ingenuity and energy with which it meets these.

Finally you will hone in on your future career path testing your interests and skills working with local organisations and building your professional network for when you graduate. You will have the opportunity to undertake live research projects with a range of local partners and undertake research that makes a significant difference to people’s lives. This will enable you to graduate not just with a good degree but a range of real world experiences which will enable you to progress onto your desired career.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students. This is one reason why social science courses at UCP consistently achieve high student satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey and enjoy above benchmark classification results.

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What is covered?

YEAR 1- Level 4

  • Academic and Professional Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits)
  • Foundations in Sociological Theory (15 credits)
  • Capitalism, Class and Inequality (15 credits)
  • Deviance and Society (15 credits)
  • Politics, Ideology and Society (15 credits)
  • The Ethnographic Turn (15 credits)
  • Globalisation and its Effects (15 credits)

YEAR 2 - Level 5

  • Research Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Social Theory (15 credits)
  • Sociological Perspectives: Education (15 creidts)
  • Intersectional Studies (15 credits)
  • Sociological Perspectives: Work (15 credits)
  • The Body in Society (15 credits)

YEAR 3 - Level 6

  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Critical Studies in Race and Ethnicity (15 credits)
  • Exploring Feminist Thought (15 credits)
  • Society Beyond Nature (15 credits).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

88 UCAS Points from a related subject and 5 GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and Maths.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit


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The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Full-time: 3 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)
Part-time: 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

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